Mideast airline Etihad offers bed and bath suites

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 4, 2014 at 10:40 am •  Published: May 4, 2014
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Its bigger rival Emirates, based in nearby Dubai, has offered onboard showers to first-class passengers aboard its double-decker Airbus A380s since the plane joined the fleet in 2008. It also separates coach passengers from those in business and first class on an entirely different floor in its new concourse in Dubai.

Etihad's latest offering goes one step further.

One passenger — or a couple — aboard each of its new A380s will be able to book a three-section miniature suite that the airline is calling a "residence" at the very front of the plane's upper deck.

The 125-square-foot (11.61-square-meter) area includes a "living room" partitioned off from the first-class aisle that includes leather seating, chilled minibar and a 32-inch flat-screen TV. There is a separate bedroom with space for two that can be closed off from the rest of the cabin and a private bathroom with shower.

A personal butler trained in London will be on hand to wait on passengers in the suite, giving them what the airline promises will be "discrete personal service and attention to detail found in the world's most exclusive hotels."

Etihad expects to get its first of its A380s in December, which it will deploy on the Abu Dhabi to London route.

Chief Commercial Officer Peter Baumgartner said additional A380s will likely be deployed on New York and Sydney routes as they're added to the fleet.

The fancy new suite won't come cheap.

Baumgartner said it will likely cost three to four times as much as regular first-class seats, or about $21,000 from Abu Dhabi to London. One way.

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